Our Levorg long-termer has racked up 16,000 miles, and we've found a lot we love about it - as well as things were not very fond of
2 November 2016

There’s a lot to be said for getting the basics right.

The Levorg’s packaging is excellent, and for someone who spends so long behind the wheel, the driving position is close to faultless.

With an old knee injury, I like to sit as low as possible so I can keep my left leg out straight, and the standard electrically adjustable – and superbly comfortable – sports seats let me to do just that. They can also be adjusted safely on the move, which my previous Kia Sorento, with its crude lever adjustment, didn’t allow.

The Levorg also has plenty of reach adjustment on the steering column, and the standard wheel-mounted shift paddles are ideally placed. Ergonomically, this is one of the best cars I’ve tried recently. Okay, if you cast your eyes over the lower bits of trim, there isn’t the wealth of plush materials you might find in some rivals’ cabins, but I wouldn’t trade that driving position for some tactile ‘squish’ elsewhere.

The large, knurled temperature dials are a boon, too, because I don’t have to take my eyes off the road to use them. Conversely, the Starlink touchscreen may have crisp graphics, but the icons are small and hard to hit, especially when combined with the car’s jiggly ride. I’ve found that resting your hand below the screen to steady your approach helps.

Will Williams

SUBARU LEVORG 1.6I DIT GT LINEARTRONIC

Price £27,495 Price as tested £27,995 Economy 31.6mpg Faults None Expenses Service £170.75 Last seen 21.9.16

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2 November 2016
... the difference between the use of a mobile phone at the wheel and that of a touch-screen (especially a hard-to-use one)? Answers on a post-card please .... The motor industry really needs to be looking into solutions to this, big time. I also find it irksome that these items have become such an essential fit as to require assessment as part of every road test: more suited to an edition of PC PRO than a motoring journal (in my somewhat grumpy-old-fossil-type opinion).

Wide cars in a world of narrow.

2 November 2016
Herald wrote:

... the difference between the use of a mobile phone at the wheel and that of a touch-screen (especially a hard-to-use one)? Answers on a post-card please ....

The former is illegal and the later can be dangerous

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

2 November 2016
Having watched the BTCC on ITV4 i am suitably impressed by the Levorg, I'm sure the Impreza Sti set up is good for this car.
The reason why i am not requesting a test drive is, why is there no 2.5 liter or diesel you have the engines. Why do Subaru not include the highly commended isight adaptive cruise control, which would be a must on my next car.
Carlos Fandango

19 February 2017
EU emissions regulations are the reason why we in the UK (and probably the whole of Europe) can't buy officially the 2.0 296 bhp Levorg that's sold in Japan, Chasbang. However, if you and enough like minded people can afford to grey import one, that might make Subaru UK take notice . That's also the reason why it's over here with a CVT gearbox. That and our Governments obsession with low Co2 figures which diesels can usually reach (VAG excepted on certain engines without cheating). The new VED rules coming in could be a game changer, putting a lot of vehicles on the same parity after the first year, which quite a few car manufacturers / retailers pay up for the customer!

19 February 2017
EU emissions regulations are the reason why we in the UK (and probably the whole of Europe) can't buy officially the 2.0 296 bhp Levorg that's sold in Japan, Chasbang. However, if you and enough like minded people can afford to grey import one, that might make Subaru UK take notice . That's also the reason why it's over here with a CVT gearbox. That and our Governments obsession with low Co2 figures which diesels can usually reach (VAG excepted on certain engines without cheating). The new VED rules coming in could be a game changer, putting a lot of vehicles on the same parity after the first year, which quite a few car manufacturers / retailers pay up for the customer!

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